So voters, you really are a fickle lot. The only thing we really know about you is that you hate taxes, and tax hikes. That’s why to get elected in many districts, candidates have to sign pledges that they will not raise taxes, even if it is otherwise clearly the correct thing to do.
But taxes, like love, will find a way.
Like the platinum coin workaround, what representatives cannot do directly, they will find a way to do indirectly. Enter Nathan Deal with what only appears rational if everyone is being irrational, a delegation of the legislature’s authority to extend the “bed tax” to the Department of Community Health
Deal’s floor leaders in the House and Senate introduced legislation Monday that switches the responsibility for levying the fee from the legislature to the Department of Community Health. The move to levy a provider fee would replace the so-called bed tax on hospitals.
A senior official in Deal’s administration told the AJC on Sunday the move could head off a messy fight over whether to renew the bed tax. The levy is seen as a necessity to avoid massive reductions in Medicaid reimbursements to doctors and to fill a more than $500 million void in the state Medicaid budget.
So the DCH will have to implement the tax, and then we can all say it’s those damn bureaucrats. Everybody wins.